When I first learned how to knit I was given a set of pink size 11 metal needles and a skein of hot pink yarn - a bulky wool and mohair blend. The needles felt long and a little awkward in my hands but I eventually got the hang of it and began knitting away. For… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I choose the right needles for my yarn?
I got a great question on Ravelry this week. A knitter asked how to start Cecelia, the big circular blanket from booklet #357 Berroco Comfort for Baby. As written, the pattern calls for you to cast on 10 sts and divide them onto 3 needles to begin working in the round. This cast on will leave a hole… Continue reading Emily Explains: Emily Ocker’s Cast On
Happy New Year! Hope you all had a grand holiday and a successful cast on for the Aidez KAL! This post is part 2 of 2 on converting Aidez from working flat (in pieces) to in the round (seamless), if you missed the first post, you can find it here. Step 4: The Yoke Join… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Seamless Aidez (part 2)
A self-taught knitwear designer, Alexis Winslow loves garments with stripes, modern colorwork motifs and interesting construction techniques. You can see this bold style in the 20 patterns from her new book, Graphics Knits. Alexis’s Burren Pullover is an eye-catching piece knit in four shades of Berroco Kodiak. Both seamless and reversible, this cozy, cropped sweater… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Burren Pullover by Alexis Winslow
Making dolls is Beth Webber’s passion – and more than that, it’s her talent. Whether sewn, crocheted or knit, she sees each one as “a tangible expression of grace.” So it’s perfectly fitting that Beth named her newest doll Grace Notes. Knit in the round from the bottom up, Beth paid extra attention to make… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Grace Notes Doll & Clothing by Beth Webber
The third time was the charm for Elizabeth Smith’s latest design. She knew she had the right yarn, she just needed to make a few modifications. So she knit and frogged (and knit and frogged) and knit it again until she was completely satisfied. Elizabeth is a bit of a perfectionist and Berroco Ultra Alpaca… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Brassica Pullover by Elizabeth Smith
If you read my post last week, you’ll know that I've been trying to teach myself how to use the magic loop method. I promised that I would start my next pair of socks using this method... I didn't get too far on my new sock, but I did get the chance to visit another… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knitting with Two Circular Needles
Socks are one of my favorite things to knit. I love making them from start to finish. A sock is small enough to fit conveniently in my bag and travel with me wherever I go. Although sock knitting keeps me calm in stressful situations, it can be frustrating when my stitches slide off my double… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knitting with the Magic Loop